Frequently Asked Question Friday – How to Choose the Right Life Jacket?

Friday, February 27, 2015


Today’s life jackets are available in a wide variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. They are much thinner and more flexible than they were in past. There’s no excuse not to wear a life jacket on the water, and this handy PDF at the bottom of the post will aid you in choosing what’s right for you!

Life Jacket Guide Excerpts:

Checking for the Right Fit

If a life jacket fits properly, it will help keep your head above the water. Too big, and the life jacket will ride up around your face. Too small , it will not keep your body afloat.

How to Try On a Life Jacket

1) Check the manufacturer’s label to ensure that the life jacket is a proper fit for your size and weight.

2) Make sure that the jacket is properly fastened.

3) Hold your arms straight above your head.

4) Ask a friend to grasp the tops of the arm openings and gently pull up.

5) Make sure there is no excess room above the openings and that the life jacket does not ride up over your chin or face.

For the best fit, try the life jacket in shallow water under safe and supervised conditions.


Here is the link for the full brochure guide:

How to Choose the Right Life Jacket Brochure – PDF

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  1. karma art says:

    In India, may be people not aware about these Life jackets. But it should be mandatory everywhere, because it made for our safety. If you are riding in big boat, in-case, if some bad thing happens and you don’t know how to swim then it would be dangerous for you. Thus this is symbol for safety purpose. you can not ignore it while riding in water made for safety purpose.

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